Indoor Air Facts you Should Know!
Below is a list of indoor air facts you should know!
- The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.
- EPA and American Medical Association (AMA) studies indicate that indoor levels of many pollutants may be 25 times, and occasionally more than 200 times, higher than outdoor levels. In general, indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
- More than 15 million Americans are estimated to have asthma, including one-in-13 school-age children.
- In the last 30 years, the number of people with asthma has gone up by almost 60%.
- The American Journal of Pediatrics states that 39% of all pediatric diagnosed asthma cases under the age of 6, could be eliminated by having clean indoor air.
- The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 30% of newly constructed and remodeled facilities have indoor air quality problems.
- Because they breathe faster than adults, children inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults and are especially sensitive to air quality problems.
- According to a study by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indoor air contaminants are responsible for half of all illnesses.
- Many ordinary activities such as cooking, cleaning and redecorating can spread indoor pollutants.
- Most homes generate about 40 pounds of dust per year for every 1,500 square feet of space.
- About 40,000 dust mites, a common cause of household allergies, can be found in only one ounce of dust.
- Even a spotless home can allow indoor pollutants to flourish. Bathrooms, damp basements, and even carpets and furniture are often the prime cause.
- Exposure to indoor air pollutants has increased due to a variety of factors, including the increased use of synthetic building materials and furnishings, chemically formulated personal care products, and household cleaners.
- Most homes built after 1979 have tighter insulation wraps that trap smoke, odors and other irritants indoors